Individual access to technology is not something that should happen in a few rooms around a college. It should be for everyone, everywhere and anytime.
BYOD is not future technology, it’s the present. Our students embrace mobile phones, the Internet and personalised technology. It will be their future working and learning experience.
Students are used to having access to the Internet at all times, in all places, college should not be the exception. We want our students to have access to the greatest source of information ever assembled and to study in their own innovative and personalised ways.
We need to make full and effective use of technical learning tools and want to make the educational experience for students at S6C as varied, dynamic and stimulating as possible.
Salisbury 6th Form College operates a ‘BYOD’ policy for all students attending the college. All students are expected to have a ‘Bring Your Own Device’ with them at all times during the college day. This should not be a mobile phone (although we actively encourage their use at appropriate times).
We do not specify a particular device to purchase, but it should be light and portable, have a psychical keyboard, have good battery life (greater than six hours) and preferably be ‘instant on’ so lessons start on time and teachers don’t have to wait for devices to load. The ideal S6C BYOD laptop is a Google Chromebook.
Please find some example devices below.
S6C Recommended Device
Chromebooks are a very good light option and have great battery life and instant on. They should be used for subjects where access to the internet is required with document writing (the majority of our courses).
They are a cloud based laptop (which means students can’t lose their work!), but are nonetheless a very good device at a cheaper price and integrate very well with our network and classroom facilities. They offer excellent battery life and instant on, enabling lessons to start on time. They are available in rugged form suitable for student use. Other benefits of Chromebooks include having antivirus built in to the operating system and automatically updating their security in the background, meaning students are always up to date and safe.
Google Chromebooks have the added advantage that they start from £150 and are just as fast and responsive at this price point, as £500. The higher price devices usually have bigger and better screens and this is what differentiates them across the price band. Some Chromebooks also support touch and have pens. Newer devices allow installation of Android apps from the Google Play Store.
A Google Chromebook should always be the first choice for a BYOD device at S6C. It will support students in the majority of lessons (see specialist subjects below) and still be usable for another three years after leaving S6C and moving to University.
Please be aware that some specialist subjects may have different requirements for BYOD devices, such as Computer Science, Photography and Media.
Students should check with their subject teachers if any specialist equipment is needed before purchasing any device other than a Chromebook.
Computer Science / Digital Media / Photography: Apple iMacs are available in the classroom. Students would benefit from having an Apple device at home, so that project work can be completed outside of lesson time. If this is an Apple laptop, it can be used as a BYOD device in other lessons as well. Having an Apple laptop available is beneficial for completing assignments, homework etc outside of lesson both on and offsite.
S6C offers a bursary scheme to assist with the full cost of these devices. Further information can be obtained from email@example.com
My Son / Daughter already has a suitable device
S6C is very happy for students to bring their current device to college as long as it meets the BYOD requirements and you are not obliged to purchase a new device just for college (although you may be told this).
Please remember a college day lasts at least six hours and the device your son/daughter brings in should be capable of lasting this long on a single charge as we don’t have facilities for everybody to plug in devices during lessons.
If you require and further information or would like to talk to someone about BYOD, then please feel free to contact the college on 01722 597970.